A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to expand needle exchange; will add second weekday

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s needle-exchange program will add a second weekday to better serve clients’ needs. The program is now open 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at 650 Newtown Pike. The free, anonymous and confidential program is designed to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis in Lexington. Used needles must be...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Heroin use continues to cause problems for friends and families in region

The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) and Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) asked adults if they knew a friend or family member experiencing problems due to heroin, methamphetamine or misuse of prescription drugs. More than 2 in 10 Ohio adults (23%) report knowing someone who has trouble as a result of using heroin, while just under 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (16%) report knowing someone affected...

Ky Health News: Critics say new Medicaid rules will mean greater loss of coverage than Bevin expected

Changes in the state Medicaid program, to be phased in starting July 1, would lead to many more people losing health coverage than the state has estimated, 43 academic experts say in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in a lawsuit challenging federal officials’ approval of the changes. The experts argue that the changes are “likely to remove at least twice as many beneficiaries in the first...

Delta Dental of Ky awards grant to help NKY kids get improved oral health care, working with health dept.

A $149,968 grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky will help improve oral health among children throughout Northern Kentucky. Delta Dental of Kentucky, through a partnership with Kentucky Youth Advocates, developed the Northern Regional Oral Health Coalition, which is led by the Northern Kentucky Health Department. The Northern Regional Oral Health Coalition will help improve oral health outcomes in...

PreventionFIRST student drug-use survey shows fewer teens abusing substances; ‘disapproval’ up

There is good news in the latest Student Drug-Use Survey by PreventionFirst, a nonprofit advocate that advocates to reduce substance abuse by young people in the region. PreventionFIRST! administers its Student Drug-Use Survey every two years.  Just under 33,000 students, grades 7th-12th from 80 schools took the survey in the fall of 2017.   Good news: the majority of 7-12th grade students are...

Dr. Shelley Shearer: It’s spring cleaning time—for your teeth; winter eating can cause plaque buildup

By Shelley Shearer, D.M.D. Special to the NKyTribune Spring cleaning signals more than just sprucing up the house and preparing the patio for warm weather gatherings. It’s also the perfect time to have your spring teeth cleaning. Shearer Just like firefighters urge people to check their smoke detector batteries every fall, dentists believe spring is the perfect time to have one of two routine cleanings...

April is Minority Health Month in Kentucky; health status report reveals alarming statistics

Governor Matt Bevin has proclaimed April as Minority Health Month in Kentucky. The Department of Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) joins Governor Bevin, public health professionals and advocates in heightening awareness of health issues affecting minority populations in Kentucky. During Minority Health Month, DPH’s Office of Health Equity releases the 2017...

Goal of Sun Behavioral Health in Erlanger is to offer a variety of treatment options in a positive environment

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter A bright, positive environment – that’s the goal of SUN Behavioral Health in Erlanger. Sun Behavioral Health in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare is a 197-bed psychiatric hospital located on Dolwick Drive in Erlanger (photos by Hannah Carver) The state-of-the art hospital invited the Northern Kentucky Tribune for a tour of the new facility Thursday,...

ACLU files lawsuit to challenge new Kentucky law banning dilation and evacuation abortion method

The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday filed suit on behalf of Kentucky abortion providers to challenge a state law banning physicians from providing a safe and medically proven abortion method called dilation and evacuation, or “D&E.” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law on April 10, and it took immediate effect. The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for...

Fit in the City celebrates the Flying Pig with 20-day event that includes stop at Devou Park Bandshell

The City of Covington’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities department is teaming with Jenergy and 20 Days on the Run to offer Fit in the City, a festival-style fitness event tied to the 20th running of the Flying Pig Marathon. In celebration of its anniversary, “the Pig” is paying tribute to the communities along the course with a 20-day event leading up to the race. This 20-day event...

Surgeon General focuses on opioid crisis, observes naloxone demonstration, while in Northern Kentucky

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter Fighting the opioid epidemic and its effects is no single-solution issue. Surgeon General Jerome Adams addresses local business and government leaders in Northern Kentucky (photos by Hannah Carver). Surgeon General Jerome Adams delivered that message Monday at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger while addressing more than 100 local business,...

Legislature sends governor Medicaid drug measures to help independent pharmacies and consumers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to allow pharmacists to tell their patients the least expensive way to pay for their medications and one to put the state back in direct charge of its Medicaid drug program have received final passage and are on the desk of Gov. Matt Bevin. Sen. Wise A revised version of Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, would put the Medicaid...

St. Elizabeth Physicians to open 25,000-square-foot medical office building in Dearborn County

St. Elizabeth Physicians will open its new 25,000-square foot medical office building in Greendale, Indiana Tuesday. Located at 1640 Flossie Drive near the corner of I-275 and Route 50 in Greendale, the building will feature a multi-specialty physician center as well as expanded primary care and urgent care services. In addition to primary and urgent care, specialty rotations include neurology, spine...

50-cent cigarette-tax hike largest ever in Ky but advocates say it won’t cut smoking; no tax on e-cigs

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As part of a larger tax bill, the Kentucky General Assembly voted April 2 to increase the state’s cigarette tax by 50 cents, to $1.10 per pack. That fell short of the $1 increase wanted by health advocates, who bemoaned “a missed opportunity” to improve the health of Kentuckians. And in the final hours, legislative leaders dropped a plan to...

‘FindHelpNowKY’ is new tool in fight against addiction; get real-time treatment options info

Since its launch in early 2018, Kentucky’s innovative new tool in the fight against addiction, FindHelpNowKY.org, has served critical, real-time information on available treatment options to more than 4,700 Kentuckians since the start of the year. The website — which tracks current openings for 162 providers and 392 facilities across the state — has also seen more than 7,300 total visitor...